Memorial Day live stream (audio only) – Ep 69

Memorial Day has become a holiday that is farcical and cheap; while it may honor deceased veterans in a NFL playoff game sort of way, what does all the fanfare and bright lights mean?  How do discounts at Home Depot or free meals at Applebee’s honor veterans?  If our nation is destined to continue regime change at its current pace, does the president leaving a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, among the graves of thousands of fallen troops, really dignify the sacrifices present there?  

For Memorial Day this year, we decided to do something different.  On Memorial Day, we held a panel as a live episode of the podcast.  We invited some of the loudest voices among the anti-war movement to share with you our thoughts on service and sacrifice, here in 2020.  If you’re looking to hear a particular participant, click the time link next to their name and it’ll take you right there in the episode.

1:06 – Danny Sjursen

10:43 – Keagan Miller

21:22 – Ryan Keen

40:47 – Jovanni Reyes

58:56 – Erik Edstrom

1:19:12 – Matthew Hoh

1:42:38 – Clifton Hicks

1:55:22 – Chris Henrikson


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Larry Wilkerson – Ep 67

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Powerful.  That’s how I’d describe today’s episode.  A deep dive into the mind of COL(R) Larry Wilkerson, his career as a U.S. Army officer to include combat in Vietnam, his close professional relationship with Colin Powell, his time at the State Department during the Bush II era, his thoughts on various conflicts to include Iraq and Syria, and his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd amist the COVID-19 era.  

Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). 

Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). 

Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 as a colonel, and began work as an advisor to General Powell. He has also taught national security affairs in the Honors Program at the George Washington University.  He is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.


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Gareth Porter – Ep 65

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Gareth Porter stops by the podcast to discuss his long standing work on the Vietnam war, his thoughts on COVID-19 via the USS Theodore Roosevelt along with his previous work on the 1919 flu epidemic, the terrifying connections between Mike Pompeo and Bibi Netanyahu, and Israel’s secret long standing nuclear stockpile.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy for decades, really, and was the recipient of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for his coverage of the U.S. War in Afghanistan.  He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Cornell, where he earned a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies.  Much of his early work – as scholar and activist – surrounded the American War in Vietnam.  He was, in fact, a chairman of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars at Cornell and then a Saigon Bureau Chief in country.  Especially since 2005, he’s regularly reported on political, diplomatic and military developments in the Middle East for a variety of mainstream and alternative publications.

His previous books include Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, and Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (2014), among many others.  His most recent is The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis co-authored with John Kiriakou.  Currently, he has a column at the GrayZone.


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Memorial Day live episode

Fortress On A Hill is hosting a live episode for Memorial Day!  Given how restrictive our lives have been in the age of the coronavirus, we wanted to celebrate Memorial Day by bringing together a group of various anti-war veterans to discuss what Memorial Day means to us.  It’s at 5pm PST (8pm EST) on Memorial Day (May 25) and will last about an hour and a half. It will stream to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We’ll answer questions live and play voicemail messages from our listeners.  The guest list includes Matthew Hoh, Clifton Hicks, Jovanni Reyes, Brittany DeBarros, Ryan Keen, and of course, myself, Danny, and Keagan, to possibly include a few others. Hope you all can join us. Links for the event will get emailed and shared a few days beforehand.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – Ep 64

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, legendary activist and author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, stop by the podcast to discuss her journey to studying and writing about indigenous history, how COVID-19 is impacting Native American communities, and her experiences with firearms, along with its connections to white supremacy and settler colonialism.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights.

She grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international indigenous movement for more than four decades, and she is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.

Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She is the author or editor of several other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico.

Her two most recent works are An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States and Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.


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Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Rebecca Gordon and American Nuremberg – Ep 63

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Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular and author of American Nuremberg: The Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes, stop by the podcast to discuss torture and moral injury in the post 9/11 world, her experiences in Nicaragua and South Africa, how past presidents paved the way for Donald Trump, and over-classication in the intelligence community.

Rebecca Gordon received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from Graduate Theological Union. She teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Previous publications include Letters From Nicaragua, Cruel and Usual: How Welfare “Reform” Punishes Poor People, and Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States.

Her latest book is, American Nuremberg: The Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes.

Prior to her academic career, Gordon spent a few decades working in a variety of national and international movements for peace and justice. These include the movements for women’s liberation and LGBT rights; movements in solidarity with the struggles of poor people in Central America; the anti-apartheid movement in the United States and South Africa; and movements opposing U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1984, Gordon spent six months living in the war zones of Nicaragua, and in 1990, three months teaching desktop publishing at an anti-apartheid newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a founder of Californians for Justice, a statewide organization dedicated to the political enfranchisement of marginalized people.

Other organizations she has worked with include the Applied Research Center, the Center for Third World Organizing, and the Asian-Pacific Environmental Network. She is an editor of WarTimes, which seeks to bring a race, class, and gender perspective to issues of war and peace.


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FOH is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.

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Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Robert “Bob” Scheer – Part 2 – Ep 62

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Robert “Bob” Scheer, famed journalist, interviewer, activist, and editor-in-chief of TruthDig.com, stops by the podcast to discuss his career, his interviews with presidents from Nixon to Clinton, and his radio show / podcast Scheer Intelligence.  In this half, we discuss the end of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, staving off fascism here in America, how COVID-19 is affecting people of differing economic classes in exceptionally different ways, and the anti-war heroes Ron Kovic and Pat Tillman.  

Here is part 2 of 2.  Enjoy!!!


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Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Robert “Bob” Scheer – Part 1 – Ep 61

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Robert “Bob” Scheer, famed journalist, interviewer, activist, and editor-in-chief of TruthDig.com, stops by the podcast to discuss his career, his interviews with American presidents from Nixon to Clinton, and his radio show / podcast Scheer Intelligence.  Here is part 1 of 2.  Enjoy!!!


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Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

America: The Farewell Tour w/ Chris Hedges – Ep 60

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Chris Hedges is a columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  His other notable books include: “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), and his latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018).  He also hosts the show, “On Contact,” on RT America.

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.  Much of that work was for the New York Times, where he stood up to the corporate media by resigning after receiving a formal reprimand from the newspaper for publicly denouncing the George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.  Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. 


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Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Coronavirus and the U.S. military – Ep 59

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The outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States has presented a unique catastrophe that is targeting members of the American military as much as the average citizen.  Here, we discuss how the military is responding, how examples of real leadership are being quashed by the national security state in the form of one Navy aircraft carrier captain, and how individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones through this time in U.S. history.  

A Time To Choose: ‘Company Men’ or Common Decency? – Danny Sjursen – Antiwar.com

It’s Hardly Shocking the Navy Fired a Commander for Warning of Coronavirus Threat. It’s Part of a Pattern – Propublica

The One Thing Corona Won’t Halt: Endless War – Danny Sjursen – Antiwar.com


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FOH is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.

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Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.